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Wales vs Iran In Pictures – Wales on brink of World Cup exit after defeat to Iran

25 Nov 2022
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Leigh Copson 25 Nov 2022
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  • Wales lost 2-0 to Iran at the World Cup on Friday
  • Iranians struck twice in added time to snatch a deserved win
  • Wales had goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey sent off late on
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The flag of Iran and Wales (Getty Images)

The flag of Iran and Wales (Getty Images)

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Wales's teamates sing the national anthem (Getty Images)

Wales's teamates sing the national anthem (Getty Images)

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Ali Gholizadeh of IR Iran scores but has his goal ruled offside (Getty Images)

Ali Gholizadeh of IR Iran scores but has his goal ruled offside (Getty Images)

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Ehsan Hajisafi of IR Iran argues a call with referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca (Getty Images)

Ehsan Hajisafi of IR Iran argues a call with referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca (Getty Images)

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VAR rules out an Iran 'goal' (Getty Images)

VAR rules out an Iran 'goal' (Getty Images)

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Wales defender Rodon fights for the ball with Iran forward Mehdi Taremi (Getty Images)

Wales defender Rodon fights for the ball with Iran forward Mehdi Taremi (Getty Images)

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Wayne Hennessey of Wales makes a save (Getty Images)

Wayne Hennessey of Wales makes a save (Getty Images)

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Aaron Ramsey of Wales battles for possession with Morteza Pouraliganji of IR Iran (Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsey of Wales battles for possession with Morteza Pouraliganji of IR Iran (Getty Images)

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Iran midfielder Ahmad Noorollahi shoots (Getty Images)

Iran midfielder Ahmad Noorollahi shoots (Getty Images)

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Iran forward Sardar Azmoun hits the post (Getty Images)

Iran forward Sardar Azmoun hits the post (Getty Images)

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Mehdi Taremi of IR Iran is fouled by Wayne Hennessey of Wales (Getty Images)

Mehdi Taremi of IR Iran is fouled by Wayne Hennessey of Wales (Getty Images)

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Wayne Hennessey of Wales is shown a red card (Getty Images)

Wayne Hennessey of Wales is shown a red card (Getty Images)

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VAR confirms Wayne Hennessey's red card (Getty Images)

VAR confirms Wayne Hennessey's red card (Getty Images)

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The scoreboard confirms 9 minutes of added time (Getty Images)

The scoreboard confirms 9 minutes of added time (Getty Images)

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Roozbeh Cheshmi scores Iran's opener (Getty Images)

Roozbeh Cheshmi scores Iran's opener (Getty Images)

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Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates (Getty Images)

Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates (Getty Images)

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Ramin Rezaeian makes it 2-0 to Iran (Getty Images)

Ramin Rezaeian makes it 2-0 to Iran (Getty Images)

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Ramin Rezaeian of IR Iran celebrates scoring his side's second goal (Getty Images)

Ramin Rezaeian of IR Iran celebrates scoring his side's second goal (Getty Images)

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Gareth Bale of Wales shows dejection (Getty Images)

Gareth Bale of Wales shows dejection (Getty Images)

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Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates with teammates (Getty Images)

Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates with teammates (Getty Images)

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Wales players and coaches huddle after the loss (Getty Images)

Wales players and coaches huddle after the loss (Getty Images)

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Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz celebrates with his team (Getty Images)

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz celebrates with his team (Getty Images)

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Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the loss (Getty Images)

Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the loss (Getty Images)

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Iran players applaud fans after the 2-0 win (Getty Images)

Iran players applaud fans after the 2-0 win (Getty Images)

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Iran fans celebrate (Getty Images)

Iran fans celebrate (Getty Images)

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Gareth Bale (Getty Images)

Wales are staring an early World Cup elimination in the face after a 2-0 defeat to Iran on Friday.

Robert Page’s side went into the match needing a win following a 1-1 draw with the United States, while the Iranians were desperate to bounce back from a 6-2 drubbing at the hands of England.

It was Iran who started the brighter though and thought they had broken the deadlock, only for VAR to rule out an Ali Gholizadeh ‘goal’.

They then hit the post twice in the second half as the opening goal continued to elude them.

However, it finally came deep into added time after Wales had seen goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey receive for a red card for a reckless challenge after racing out of his area.

Rouzbeh Cheshmi rifled in from 20 yards in the 98th minute, and Ramin Rezaeian then wrapped it up on the break three minutes later.

Wales are now 1/33 with bet365 to exit the World Cup at the group stage, while Iran are also 8/11 to fall at the first hurdle ahead of England’s clash with the USA later today.

Next up for Wales is a must-win meeting with England next Tuesday, while Iran face the USA at the same time.
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    The flag of Iran and Wales (Getty Images) +

    The flag of Iran and Wales (Getty Images)

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    Wales's teamates sing the national anthem (Getty Images) +

    Wales's teamates sing the national anthem (Getty Images)

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    Ali Gholizadeh of IR Iran scores but has his goal ruled offside (Getty Images) +

    Ali Gholizadeh of IR Iran scores but has his goal ruled offside (Getty Images)

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    Ehsan Hajisafi of IR Iran argues a call with referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca (Getty Images) +

    Ehsan Hajisafi of IR Iran argues a call with referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca (Getty Images)

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    VAR rules out an Iran 'goal' (Getty Images) +

    VAR rules out an Iran 'goal' (Getty Images)

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    Wales defender Rodon fights for the ball with Iran forward Mehdi Taremi (Getty Images) +

    Wales defender Rodon fights for the ball with Iran forward Mehdi Taremi (Getty Images)

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    Wayne Hennessey of Wales makes a save (Getty Images) +

    Wayne Hennessey of Wales makes a save (Getty Images)

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    Aaron Ramsey of Wales battles for possession with Morteza Pouraliganji of IR Iran (Getty Images) +

    Aaron Ramsey of Wales battles for possession with Morteza Pouraliganji of IR Iran (Getty Images)

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    Iran midfielder Ahmad Noorollahi shoots (Getty Images) +

    Iran midfielder Ahmad Noorollahi shoots (Getty Images)

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    Iran forward Sardar Azmoun hits the post (Getty Images) +

    Iran forward Sardar Azmoun hits the post (Getty Images)

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    Mehdi Taremi of IR Iran is fouled by Wayne Hennessey of Wales (Getty Images) +

    Mehdi Taremi of IR Iran is fouled by Wayne Hennessey of Wales (Getty Images)

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    Wayne Hennessey of Wales is shown a red card (Getty Images) +

    Wayne Hennessey of Wales is shown a red card (Getty Images)

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    VAR confirms Wayne Hennessey's red card (Getty Images) +

    VAR confirms Wayne Hennessey's red card (Getty Images)

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    The scoreboard confirms 9 minutes of added time (Getty Images) +

    The scoreboard confirms 9 minutes of added time (Getty Images)

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    Roozbeh Cheshmi scores Iran's opener (Getty Images) +

    Roozbeh Cheshmi scores Iran's opener (Getty Images)

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    Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates (Getty Images) +

    Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates (Getty Images)

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    Ramin Rezaeian makes it 2-0 to Iran (Getty Images) +

    Ramin Rezaeian makes it 2-0 to Iran (Getty Images)

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    Ramin Rezaeian of IR Iran celebrates scoring his side's second goal (Getty Images) +

    Ramin Rezaeian of IR Iran celebrates scoring his side's second goal (Getty Images)

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    Gareth Bale of Wales shows dejection (Getty Images) +

    Gareth Bale of Wales shows dejection (Getty Images)

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    Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates with teammates (Getty Images) +

    Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates with teammates (Getty Images)

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    Wales players and coaches huddle after the loss (Getty Images) +

    Wales players and coaches huddle after the loss (Getty Images)

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    Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz celebrates with his team (Getty Images) +

    Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz celebrates with his team (Getty Images)

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    Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the loss (Getty Images) +

    Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the loss (Getty Images)

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    Iran players applaud fans after the 2-0 win (Getty Images) +

    Iran players applaud fans after the 2-0 win (Getty Images)

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    Iran fans celebrate (Getty Images) +

    Iran fans celebrate (Getty Images)

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The flag of Iran and Wales (Getty Images)

The flag of Iran and Wales (Getty Images)

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Wales's teamates sing the national anthem (Getty Images)

Wales's teamates sing the national anthem (Getty Images)

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Ali Gholizadeh of IR Iran scores but has his goal ruled offside (Getty Images)

Ali Gholizadeh of IR Iran scores but has his goal ruled offside (Getty Images)

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Ehsan Hajisafi of IR Iran argues a call with referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca (Getty Images)

Ehsan Hajisafi of IR Iran argues a call with referee Mario Alberto Escobar Toca (Getty Images)

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VAR rules out an Iran 'goal' (Getty Images)

VAR rules out an Iran 'goal' (Getty Images)

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Wales defender Rodon fights for the ball with Iran forward Mehdi Taremi (Getty Images)

Wales defender Rodon fights for the ball with Iran forward Mehdi Taremi (Getty Images)

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Wayne Hennessey of Wales makes a save (Getty Images)

Wayne Hennessey of Wales makes a save (Getty Images)

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Aaron Ramsey of Wales battles for possession with Morteza Pouraliganji of IR Iran (Getty Images)

Aaron Ramsey of Wales battles for possession with Morteza Pouraliganji of IR Iran (Getty Images)

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Iran midfielder Ahmad Noorollahi shoots (Getty Images)

Iran midfielder Ahmad Noorollahi shoots (Getty Images)

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Iran forward Sardar Azmoun hits the post (Getty Images)

Iran forward Sardar Azmoun hits the post (Getty Images)

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Mehdi Taremi of IR Iran is fouled by Wayne Hennessey of Wales (Getty Images)

Mehdi Taremi of IR Iran is fouled by Wayne Hennessey of Wales (Getty Images)

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Wayne Hennessey of Wales is shown a red card (Getty Images)

Wayne Hennessey of Wales is shown a red card (Getty Images)

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VAR confirms Wayne Hennessey's red card (Getty Images)

VAR confirms Wayne Hennessey's red card (Getty Images)

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The scoreboard confirms 9 minutes of added time (Getty Images)

The scoreboard confirms 9 minutes of added time (Getty Images)

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Roozbeh Cheshmi scores Iran's opener (Getty Images)

Roozbeh Cheshmi scores Iran's opener (Getty Images)

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Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates (Getty Images)

Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates (Getty Images)

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Ramin Rezaeian makes it 2-0 to Iran (Getty Images)

Ramin Rezaeian makes it 2-0 to Iran (Getty Images)

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Ramin Rezaeian of IR Iran celebrates scoring his side's second goal (Getty Images)

Ramin Rezaeian of IR Iran celebrates scoring his side's second goal (Getty Images)

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Gareth Bale of Wales shows dejection (Getty Images)

Gareth Bale of Wales shows dejection (Getty Images)

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Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates with teammates (Getty Images)

Roozbeh Cheshmi of IR Iran celebrates with teammates (Getty Images)

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Wales players and coaches huddle after the loss (Getty Images)

Wales players and coaches huddle after the loss (Getty Images)

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Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz celebrates with his team (Getty Images)

Iran head coach Carlos Queiroz celebrates with his team (Getty Images)

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Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the loss (Getty Images)

Gareth Bale of Wales reacts after the loss (Getty Images)

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Iran players applaud fans after the 2-0 win (Getty Images)

Iran players applaud fans after the 2-0 win (Getty Images)

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Iran fans celebrate (Getty Images)

Iran fans celebrate (Getty Images)

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